April 24, 2021 –
It wasn’t the Penn Relays as we know it, but in the spirit of competition a variation of the relays were held at Franklin Field. Due to COVID19 protocols, the meet was an invitational limited to college teams within a forty mile radius, and the event list was modified to have some relays, individual events and field events. The participants were eager to be there and perform in the Philly Mets.
Men’s Relay Events
Villanova took two first place finishes; the Distance Medley Relay and the 4×800 Relay. The DMR team won in 9:38.81. The team consisted of Casey Comber (2:58.23) in the 1200m leg, Richard Bush ran the 400m in 48.47, Sean Dolan covered the 800m in 1:49.70, and Charlie O’Donovan anchored turning in a 4:02.32 split in the 1600m. Miller Anderson joined the team in the 4×800 starting with a 1:52.02. Comber took the baton and passed it to O’Donovan in 1:50.77. O’Donovan ran a 1:52.84. Dolan anchored this race turning in a time of 1:51.98.
Penn won the 4×400 covering the distance in 3:12.16. The team consisted of Alexander Ruhl, Emerson Douds, Antaures Jackson, and Robbie Ruppel.
Rider took first place in the 4×100 in 41.52. Michael Cephus, Artie Burgess, Marcquis Smallwood, and Jerome Boyer ran for the Broncos.
TCNJ won the Sprint Medley Relay in 3:28.26 behind a team of Justin Gomez, Tyler Scott, Brett Schuett, and Roman Rychkov.
Women’s Relay Events
Villanova crossed the finish line first in two events winning the Sprint Medley Relay and the 4×400 Relay. In the sprint the Wildcats won in 3:49.42. Trudy-Ann Williamson, Danielle Burns, Amari Onque-Shabazz, and McKenna Keegan ran the event. Keegan and Onque-Shabazz also competed in the 4x400m along with Madison Martinez and Brynne Summer who covered the distance in 3:38.78.
Penn took a first in the 4×800 Relay. Fabianna Szorenyi (2:17.03), Ellen Byrnes (2:11.20), Nikhila Obbineni (2:18.97), and Caroline O’Sullivan (2:17.29) covered the distance in 9:04.47.
Temple won the Distance Medley Relay in 11:57.95. Helene Holm-Gottlieb started and ran the 1200m in 3:46.48. Mary Olayinka Ilelaboya turned in a 56.35 in the 400m leg. The 800m split by Lee Kerbiriou was 2:12.13. Anchor runner Grace Moore ran a 5:03.11 in the 1600m.
Delaware won the 4×100. Trinity Tapper, Kamylin Padgham, Shylehn Ebuenga-Smith, and Aja Davis ran a 46.20 for the Blue Hens.
Men’s Individual Events
A good day on the track for men’s individual events for Penn who had 3 place first. Enoch Chaney won the 110m Hurdles in 14.68. Michael Keehan was the top finisher in the 3000m Steeplechase running the event in 8:48.48. Justin Iler took the 5000m covering the distance in 14:22.62.
Keegan Hughes of Villanova won the 400m Hurdles with a time of 52.95, and Haftu Strintzos took the 10,000m for the Wildcats in 28:55.55.
Saint Joseph’s got a top spot finisher Ira Daly took the 1500m in 3:58.90
Women’s Individual Events
Temple got two first place finishers in distance running. Grace Moore crossed the line first in the 1500m in 4:16.56. Michelle Joyce ran the 5000m race with 16:31.61 as the winning time.
Lydia Olivere won the 3000m Steeplechase running a 10:08.89 for Nova. The Wildcats also had a first when Jada Thomas took the 100m Hurdles in 13.91.
Haley Rizek won the 400m Hurdles for Penn in a time of 59.68.
Men’s Field Events
On the field Penn got a first place finish in four events. Ben Kioko won the Javelin with a throw of 60.28m. Chudi Ikpeazu threw the Discus 58.42m for the win. Scott Toney emerged victorious in the Pole Vault at 4.85m. Olatide Abinusawa took first place in the Shot Put in a distance of 15.79m.
Dennis Manyeah won the High Jump for La Salle clearing 2.12m.
Another win for Rider came when Zach Manorowitz in the Long Jump with a distance of 7.15m.
Ahmir Johnson won the Triple Jump in 14.72m for Rowan.
Jude Misko of Rutgers-Camden won the Hammer Throw with a launch of 61.19m.
Women’s Field Events
Villanova and Penn athletes won three field events. For the Wildcats Sanaa Barnes took the High Jump with a leap of 1.82m. Ashley Preston won the Pole Vault with 3.85m being the winning height. Grayce French threw a distance of 14.72 in the Shot Put. The Quakers Camille Dickson took the Long Jump with a 6.24m distance. Ashley Anumba tossed the Discus 55.98m to win. Tamara Grahovac took the Triple Jump with a 12.19 leap.
Delaware won two events as Bethany Clement (54.61m) had the longest distance in the Hammer Throw, and Megan Albamonti tossed the Javelin 44.73m.
Written By: Glenn Papazian